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Ferrets & Tiaras Facts

Pamela poses alone with her two ferrets.

Pamela poses alone with her two ferrets. (View larger version)

Photograph by NGC / Daniel Gibson

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  • Male ferrets are called hobs and female ferrets are called jills. Young ferrets are called kits. A group of ferrets is referred to as a business.

  • According to old Irish superstition, you could cure whooping cough by eating the leftover food of a ferret or sharing the same bowl of milk.

  • Queen Victoria would raise ferrets to give as royal gifts to members of the nobility.

  • The fastest ferret in the world recorded was an albino ferret named Warhol who ran at the North England Ferret Racing Championships July 11, 1999. Warhol ran the 10 meter tube race in 12.59 seconds and thus beating out 150 other ferret competitors!

  • Ferrets have "binocular" or "stereoscopic" vision. This means that ferret eyes are placed more to the sides of their heads than humans and have much better peripheral vision.

  • Actually, ferrets are quite smart. It all depends on how you view a measure of intelligence. If you consider problem solving as intelligence, as many animal behaviorists do, then ferrets rank above cats and dogs.

  • Yorkshire Terriers were originally called Broken-Haired Scotch Terriers. Their name was changed in 1870.

  • At 2.5 pounds, a mini Yorkshire terrier named Lucy is the world's smallest working dog. Lucy works as a therapy dog, making the rounds to hospitals and rehabilitation centers in New Jersey.

  • It is sometimes thought that dogs can somehow "sense danger" and often appear skittish before storms or natural disasters. This is due to their inherent higher sensitivity that allows them to feel unusual vibrations in the earth or changing air pressure—not a special doggie sixth sense.

  • Dogs can communicate with their owners by understanding and reacting to non-verbal cues. A dog will follow their owner's body posture, pointing, and touches for cues to find food. A new study even suggests that dogs can follow a human's gaze, just like an infant can.

  • In addition to being traditional pack animals, these donkeys are now also Internet hotspots—a historical park in Northern Israel called Kfar Kedem started equipping their donkey with wireless routers, so the tourist can surf the net while riding around the park.

  • Forget the war horse, Jimmy the Donkey was born in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He spent the next 2 years in the Army, carrying equipment and injured soldiers, and he even learned to raise his hoof in salute with the troop of Cameronian Scottish Rifles.

  • A mule is the offspring of a female horse and a donkey. A burro is a small donkey. A jackass is a male donkey.

  • In Arizona, it is illegal for a donkey to sleep in the bathtub.

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